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Volunteers Honoured with 2014 Syngenta 4-H Ontario Arbor Award

(Posted February 5, 2014)

ROCKWOOD, ON (February 5, 2014) - 4-H Ontario and Syngenta Canada Inc. have announced the recipients of this year’s Syngenta 4-H Ontario Arbor Award, a provincial honour recognizing exemplary volunteer service with 4-H Ontario.

The recipients of the 2014 Syngenta 4-H Ontario Arbor Award are Brenda Metcalf, Durham East; Gayle Bogart, Elgin; and the late Yvonne Chambers, of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton.

Brenda Metcalf (Durham East)

Brenda is a current 4-H club leader, volunteer and office manager, who is very active in local, regional and provincial 4-H opportunities. A valued member of her community, she’s a member of the Women’s Institute, and an executive member for the Baseline Community Association, Clarington Ag Advisory Council and the Farm Connections Ag Education Committee.

Gayle Bogart (Elgin)

Gayle has a long 4-H history, being involved at the local, regional and national levels over the past 38 years, where she has held various executive and association positions. In her spare time she has been a Sunday School teacher and Choir Director at the Union United Church for over 40 years, an Optimist Club member, board member for the Elgin Business Resource Centre and council member for Southwold Municipality.

Yvonne Chambers (Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton)

Yvonne led over 100 clubs in her 29 years of being a 4-H leader, while being active in local and regional 4-H opportunities as well. In addition to her 4-H involvement, she spent 50 years with the Peniel United Church, and volunteered with Kawartha Lakes Farm Safety, Mariposa & Lindsay Agricultural Societies and the Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes and Women’s Resources.

“Each of these award winners exemplifies what it takes to be a contributing member of their communities—making them strong ambassadors for the 4-H program,” says Debra Brown, Executive Director of 4-H Ontario. “It’s an honour to have such engaged citizens as part of our organization, and it is a privilege to acknowledge their accomplishments and efforts.”

Established in 2001 during the International Year of the Volunteer, the Syngenta 4-H Ontario Arbor Award recognizes a select number of 4-H Ontario volunteers who have served the organization for over 10 years and have positively impacted both 4-H in Ontario and their local community. This is 4-H Ontario’s most prestigious volunteer award.

To be eligible to receive the award, 4-H Ontario volunteers must be nominated by their 4-H Association, a local chapter of the provincial organization. The selection committee comprises representatives of 4-H Ontario, Syngenta Canada, and previous Arbor Award winners. Nominees must have shown significant leadership, initiative and made a positive impact on 4-H at various levels. Nominees’ involvement in other community activities and organizations is also considered.

“The Syngenta 4-H Ontario Arbor Awards are an important symbol of recognition and appreciation for the countless contributions of volunteers who play an important part in cultivating and reinforcing the 4-H Learn To Do By Doing philosophy,” says Chris Davison, Head of Corporate Affairs for Syngenta Canada.

The 2014 recipients will be publicly honoured at the Syngenta 4-H Ontario Arbor Award Banquet on March 22 in Waterloo, Ontario. The banquet is held in conjunction with 4-H Ontario’s Conference & Annual Meeting. 4-H Ontario will host a tree planting ceremony for each recipient later in the year to commemorate their outstanding contributions.

About 4-H Ontario

4-H Ontario is a grassroots organization of leaders building leaders. At 4-H, participants, youth aged 6–21; and screened, trained volunteer leaders come together to create a 4-H club and learn about a selected topic through hands-on activities and mentorship. There are also a variety of provincial camp and conference opportunities. Through the 4-H experience, members learn to do by doing and build valuable skills that will help them reach their full potential to become conscious, contributing citizens.

About Syngenta Canada Inc.

Syngenta is one of the world's leading companies with more than 27,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to our purpose: Bringing plant potential to life. Through world-class science, global reach and commitment to customers, we help to increase crop productivity, protect the environment and improve health and quality of life. For more information about Syngenta please visit www.syngenta.com.




For more information please contact:

Marshal McLernon, Senior Manager, Communications, 4-H Ontario

519.856.0992 x462, communications@4-HOntario.ca


Chris Davison
Head, Corporate Affairs Canada
Syngenta Canada Inc.
Tel: (519) 837-5328

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